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RE: Accessibility barrier?

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 15:56:58 -0400
To: "Melinda Morris-Black" <melinda@ink.org>
Cc: "Accessibility Listserve" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000201bfed04$80caf520$53fe330a@msde>
Melinda, is serving content dynamically an option?  If so, CSS-impaird
(i.e., text-only) browsers could get a version that was stripped of line
numbers and struck text and inserted new content would not have to be in
uppercase (or bold, or whatever you use to indicate additions).

Presumably, visitors might ALSO what to get a version with the changes
marked up.  One frustration I have with my state government web site is that
bills are available (1) only in WordPerfect format, and (2) the final
version -- without all the annoying markup -- is not available on-line (in
any format)!

WRT Charles' suggestion:  If you were to read out loud a paragraph of bill
text with amended and deleted sections, what would you say?

Bruce Bailey

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Melinda Morris-Black
> Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2000 12:28 PM
> To: Charles McCathieNevile
> Cc: Accessibility Listserve
> Subject: Re: Accessibility barrier?
> Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> <snip>
>> My approach would be to use the del element and a style sheet,
>> and use the
>> style sheet to hide the comments "The following text is struck
>> out" and "end
>> struck text" or something similar. (How do they think strike
>> through text
>> comes out on a phone browser anyway?)
> I wanted to clarify my earlier post. I realized that the term
> "bill" is vague.
> These are bills presented in the State Legislature as proposed statutes or
> changes to existing statutes. As the bill changes in committee,
> the changes are
> shown using strike through text.
> I'll have to investigate the addition of comments within the text
> of the bill.
> Bills have assigned line numbers that must not shift, so adding text could
> possibly impact the linebreaks. There are revisor "rules" about
> what can and
> cannot be done to the formatting of bills that are outside my control.
> This issue will impact other states as well, so if anyone sees a
> good solution,
> please feel free to share. Thanks for the comments so far.
> This is a case of old world meets brave new world head on...
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